Alaska is famous for its natural features. A trip to our beautiful state just doesn’t feel complete without seeing the Mendenhall Glacier or Mount Juneau, even from a distance. However, many visitors overlook one of the most iconic and historically significant features near Juneau. The Gastineau Channel, which separates Juneau from nearby Douglas Island, was instrumental in the development of this area. Discover why you should visit this underappreciated landmark, as well as where to stay in Juneau!Get Our Vacation Guide
All You Need to Know About the Gastineau Channel
Learn a Little History
The importance of the Gastineau Channel in Alaska’s history cannot be over overstated. After the land was purchased from the Russians by the American government in 1867, a rumor started that the channel was a hotspot for gold. It drew prospectors to the area, who would search for a life-changing fortune. At the same time, they began to settle and create a life for themselves in town. As the mining industry grew, so did Juneau’s population. By the time the gold mining industry ended in 1944, Juneau has a thriving city, all thanks to the Gastineau Channel.
Visit the Channel During Your Trip
Finding the Gastineau Channel isn’t difficult. It borders Juneau to the southwest and is easily viewable from certain waterfront restaurants. Head to Tracy’s King Crab Shack if you’d like to get a good look at the channel while enjoying some delicious Alaskan seafood! This famous eatery has a well-earned reputation as one of the best restaurants in Juneau. It’s been featured in national publications as well as television shows like “Top Chef.” It’s just a 10-minute walk from Silverbow Inn.
Learn More About the Channel
If you’re interested in exploring the history of Juneau further, head to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum! This attraction is a must for any history buffs. It’s just down the street from Silverbow Inn and features many fascinating exhibits that detail the history and development of Juneau. First, you’ll start from Alaska’s beginnings, learning about the first people who lived in the area, the Tlingit. Then, you’ll learn even more about how gold mining transformed the city, as well as Alaska’s quest for statehood. This museum is jam-packed with informative and interesting exhibits and is definitely worth a visit. Stop by the museum’s store to pick up a souvenir for you or a loved one!
Stay at Silverbow Inn
After a day spent appreciating the history of Gastineau Channel, it’s time to return to your room at Silverbow Inn! Our boutique hotel is right in the middle of the downtown Juneau district. We are just steps away from the city’s best attractions, restaurants, shops, and bars. With our unique amenities (like our rooftop top tub or hot cocoa and cookie happy hour) and our comfortable rooms, you’ll have no trouble unwinding. Break away from the chain hotels and discover why Silverbow Inn was awarded the Juneau Empire’s Reader’s Choice Award for 2018!